BT Yahoo! e-mail accounts are closed down; FCC hearing planned on Hurricane Sandy communications failures

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> BT is closing down Yahoo! e-mail accounts that have not been used for more than 150 days. Article

> FCC is holding its first hearing on the communications failures that took place following Hurricane Sandy and how to keep wireline and wireless services up when the next disaster occurs. Article

Cable News

> Rentrak said that the amount of time cable subscribers spent watching free video-on-demand programming from cable and broadcast networks jumped by more than 40 percent last year. Article

> DirecTV will begin shooting an original drama series called Full Circle this summer at its broadcasting center in Los Angeles. Article

Online Video News

> A report from Celtra, a media and production company, said that online video ads are being watched pretty thoroughly, with almost half of all viewers watching the entire ad. Article

> Pay TV providers are using tried-and-true tactics like discounted premium channels to bring wandering subscribers back into their fold, says Parks Associates. Article

And finally … DS-3 is under heavy competition from newer Carrier Ethernet services. Post